Monday’s Mini-Report, 8.18.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* President Obama announced this afternoon that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder “will be travelling to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with the FBI agents and DOJ personnel conducting the federal criminal investigation and he will receive an update from them on their progress.”
 
* Curfew lifted: “In the aftermath of yet another violent night in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday lifted a previously implemented midnight curfew for residents.”
 
* Possible grand jury proceedings: “The office of the county prosecutor has said a grand jury could start hearing evidence Wednesday in the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer on August 9. Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, told the Associated Press that authorities aim to start presenting the case Wednesday, the grand jury’s regular meeting date.”
 
* Iraq: “Iraqi Kurdish forces said they recaptured Iraq’s biggest dam from Islamist militants on Monday, as the United States launched air strikes to secure what has become a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the country.”
 
* Now they’re happy: “Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) on Monday cheered President Obama’s decision to expand airstrikes against Islamist militants to help Iraqi forces regain control of the country’s biggest dam.”
 
* Latest from Ukraine: “Separatists rebels on Monday attacked a caravan of cars carrying refugees trying to flee war-ravaged eastern Ukraine, killing ‘dozens’ of people in a devastating barrage of artillery fire, Ukrainian military officials said, though rebel leaders denied there had been any attack at all.”
 
* The Washington Post, thankfully, is keeping up a great live-blog during the corruption trial for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).
 
* I can only hope there’s been some kind of mistake: “Time Inc. has fallen on hard times. Would you believe that this once-proud magazine publishing empire is now explicitly rating its editorial employees based on how friendly their writing is to advertisers?”
 
* It was probably only a matter of time before this kind of rhetoric popped up: “Fox radio host Todd Starnes accused President Obama of ‘orchestrating the Michael Brown tragedy’ and claimed the administration is ‘in cahoots’ with Al Sharpton.”
 
* Jim Jeffords: “James Merrill Jeffords, who rose from Rutland roots to become a Republican congressman and senator before breaking with his party in 2001, has died. He was 80. Jeffords, the last Republican to hold federal office elected from Vermont, retired from the U.S. Senate in 2006 while in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He had been cared for in the intervening years at a facility near Washington, D.C.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 8.18.14